Brent and I managed to snag a couple of free coupons for egg coffee. Yes, raw egg dropped into your coffee like cream apparently. Quite tasty.
The restaurant is actually on the second floor and there is only a small alley to access it. Something that no one would head down without someone with you.
In Hanoi, I tried to capture the amazing dance of the scooters. How they manage to mingle about is amazing.
In the evening, people gather around the lake. A central spot for socialization.
A couple were having their photos taken for their upcoming celebrations. So I couldn’t resist.
Brent and I are just in the process of looking over the courtyard to the entrance of the National University.
We grab one more photo at the entrance to the University.
We leave the grounds and start walking back to our hotel. You can see that the University is completely enclosed by stone walls. We must have looked like we knew what we were doing since we were stopped by other tourists looking for a way in to the University.
Scooter transporst is really the way the majority of people get around in Hanoi. Don’t forget. Don’t show any fear.
Here is an interior shot of the mall I had described earlier. There are numerous car dealerships inside. The pockets of wealth are amazing considering the poverty you see everywhere else.
Brent and I continued our tour of the National Museum in Hanoi. Some of the ancient texts are shown below.
The courtyard holds displays of various graduates. The Plaque show below describes how they retained the dedication steles of some of the oldest graduates. These were erected on turtles. One of the four holy creatures.
The Dragon was a great attraction. I attempted to find out a bit mroe about the urn. But you can see the dragon relief on top of the building in the background. The dragon is one of the countries four holy creatures.
We continued our visit at the National University. We entered the fourth courtyard and the altar to Confucius shown here. I have added the plaque which gives a good outline as to how kind and clever the gentleman was.
The turtles outside the altar are associated with the graduates of the University. The golden turtle below can be found right beside Confucius. I did some research and there are plenty of photos of the golden turtle but I did not find its direct association. So I can only assume it may celebrate the Confucius students that first accompanied him in his travels.
As we continued our tour of Hanoi at the Quoc Tu Giam National University, we stopped to view some of the impressive Bonsai plants.
You can see that the plants are arranged in an island format. Each one seemed to suggest a different story
Here we are at the National University, Quoc Tu Giam. Established in 1076. The Temple of Literature refers to the Temple of Confucius. Very serene.
The plaque describes some of the activities. Second photo is one of the Khue Van Pavilion leading to the second courtyard.
My friend is in front of the Third Courtyard of the temple with the Thien Quang well.
Turtle Steles lists names of graduates.
My friend and I did a tour around Hoam Kiem Lake. At night the lights come on around the lake and the area fills with people out for a social stroll.
We managed to find a nice place to have a beer while the everyone swirled around. The weather was fantastic. We spent a couple days of touring around city while waiting for the bike tour to start.